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Girls Womens Dance Shoe Pink Satin Ballet Pointe Shoes with Ribbon and Toe Pads
Girls Womens Dance Shoe Pink Satin Ballet Pointe Shoes with Ribbon and Toe Pads
Offered by Skyrocket Flying
Price: £18.95 - £19.95

1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid!, 20 Jan. 2016
DO NOT buy a pointe shoe that you have not had fitted - you cannot judge the fit, and cannot judge the quality and you will damage your feet. Pointe shoes really can be dangerous in untrained hands so just don't do it! Go to a REPUTABLE shop and get help, ONLY when you have been given the go-ahead from your teacher. Broken ankles are likely otherwise.


Sea Witch
Sea Witch
by Helen Hollick
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware men wearing ribbons in their hair!, 15 Jan. 2016
This review is from: Sea Witch (Paperback)
Wow - what a fabulous novel. I knew I would like this, being a secret naval fan, and I was not disappointed. A novel that races along with pace and verve with a plot that twists and turns. You can't second guess Ms Hollick.

Jesemiah is a pirate and this is the story of him. He is larger than life, bright and vivid with a touch of the Richard Sharpe about him, a maverick who gains respect from those who matter. This first book in a series explains who he is and why he is, and what he does about it. As much as he mixes with a group of men who fill the hearts of others with fear, the person who is the most vile, twisted and evil is not a pirate, but a well-respected gentleman.

Ms Hollick has done her research, real personages and real pirates people her pages, though Jesemiah steals every scene he is in. The detail and knowledge of the ships she writes about is fantastic, as good as C.S.Forester and O'Brien. The ships come alive in her hands and as a reader you are waiting for the arrival of Sea Witch - the Lone Ranger has Silver, Dick Turpin has Black Bess, Jack Sparrow has the Black Pearl and Jesemiah Acorne, with an 'e', has Sea Witch.

A fantastic read that will grip you and leave you wanting more. And thankfully Ms Hollick has provided it.


Princess Evie's Ponies: Tiptoe the Magic Ballet Pony
Princess Evie's Ponies: Tiptoe the Magic Ballet Pony
by Sarah Kilbride
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A book and a toy, everyone is happy!, 6 Dec. 2015
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My daughter adores these books and the pop out cardboard pony included in each one are firm favourites. A book and a toy, everyone is happy.


AURELIA (Roma Nova)
AURELIA (Roma Nova)
by Alison Morton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A history, a fantasy and a thriller blended into one very fine novel, 6 Dec. 2015
This review is from: AURELIA (Roma Nova) (Paperback)
There is no doubting that Alison Morton is a fantastic writer. I truly don't understand why she has not been snapped up by an agent. She is on to a winner with this series. The writing flows beautifully and the pace does not let up. I was sceptical when I started reading and then I just couldn't put it down. One description that stands out is the moss on the roof of a hut in some woods, thick and green but brown around the chimney. Excellent attention to detail.

Obviously Roma Nova, the main setting for this novel, does not exist and we straddle history and fantasy but the two are expertly blended. Technology is appropriate and realistic and we don't suddenly start using hover boards or flying cars. The course of history has altered from the Great War onwards, and, one must recognise, for the better. This version of Europe sounds like a nice place to live. The research is excellent, Alison knows Berlin and Vienna and she has a good sense of place.

The characters feel real and reading about their interactions one finds oneself feeling frustration and anger as well as wonder and a tingling spine at the romantic passages.

I loved it. Excellent writing and a gripping plot. I want to read the rest now.


Friar Tuck and the Christmas Devil (Kindle Single)
Friar Tuck and the Christmas Devil (Kindle Single)
Price: £0.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect addition to the Forest Lord family, 14 Nov. 2015
Another installment of this popular series, a novella written especially for Christmas, is welcome. A slim volume that is very tactile, and pocket-sized, this reads like an old friend, continuing the story of one of McKay's characters as if he never left us. Spooky and with injustice to overcome, this book is all about the good guys winning over the bad guys and happy endings, as any Christmas book should be. And yet if you are new to the series, it is a stand alone tale that will introduce you to the characters that McKay has created.

Steven Mckay himself grows as an author with every book and he always writes with an enthusiasm which is infectious. Written in easy to access language, the story flows effortlessly and you'll be finished long before you want to be. The wait for the new, full length novel, I fear, will be too long.


The Fowler's Snare: A Novel of Ancient Egypt
The Fowler's Snare: A Novel of Ancient Egypt
Price: £1.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing ancient Egypt back to life, 26 July 2015
The Fowler’s Snare is an adventure novel set in Ancient Egypt following the fortunes of a handful of characters as they undertake a race through the desert to win Pharaoh’s prize. The race is hazardous and men die before they reach the end. Two teams accept the challenge, the Alodian runaways, escaping justice for attempting to kill the king, and the champion of Pharaoh, Commander Shenq who has won it before. Who will win this time, and how will they win it, and who will they meet on the way?

There is a strong psychological element to the novel, it is not just action but a great deal of soul searching on behalf of all the characters. They are all utterly ruthless and yet they all have something that softens them and makes them rounded and not cardboard cut out heroes, villains or warriors. They have weaknesses, physical, mental or a deeply flawed character, caused by life, or the joyroot they seem to take as later cultures used opium. Although based on real history, there is a thorough treatment of magic and fantasy, but as the Egyptian culture was heavily reliant on a plethora of gods, magic spells and incantations, it is entirely in keeping and brings the ancient world into focus.

The novel is well written, intense, and the well-crafted story is one that keeps you guessing. Although one thinks one knows how it will end, Stibbe leaves you guessing, never making it easy. One choses one’s hero and hopes for the best.


Esprit E21765 Strappy Women's Dress Water Blue 12
Esprit E21765 Strappy Women's Dress Water Blue 12

5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and easy to wear, 11 Jun. 2015
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Summer wardrobe staple, pretty and fun but not too short. Love Esprit, always good quality and great design.


The Perfect King: The Life of Edward III, Father of the English Nation
The Perfect King: The Life of Edward III, Father of the English Nation
by Ian Mortimer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.38

5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect history, 11 Jun. 2015
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Perfect. Not much more needed to be honest. Ian Mortimer is a spectacular writer and historian and having read this I wish I could go back to university and do it all over again. I have learned so much from this book and it is my go-to tome for all things Edward III. He brings Edward back to life and celebrates a very much over-looked king and tackles difficult questions with calmness and authority. Both writer and subject deserve more recognition.


Prague in Black and Gold: The History of a City (Allen Lane History)
Prague in Black and Gold: The History of a City (Allen Lane History)
by Peter Demetz
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars A hybrid travel / history text - useful for anyone wanting to know more about this city, 11 Jun. 2015
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Bought solely for the content on Charles IV of Bohemia who had a huge influence on Prague, I did enjoy other parts of the book that dealt with other matters. Written with a light hand, a personal touch and by a well-informed native of Prague, it is only let down by the total lack of references to explain where he got his details from, most notably about Charles.


To Catch a Falling Star (The Graham Saga)
To Catch a Falling Star (The Graham Saga)
by Anna Belfrage
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A real treat, 11 Jun. 2015
This being the eighth of a series did make me feel some trepidation about starting the book as I wondered if I would feel as if I would not understand what was going on, that not having read the previous seven volumes, I would be lost. And yes, there was an element of that, that there were constant references to events that happened some books ago that you were being asked to recall. But despite that there was enough detail to be able to follow the background of the family and why they were where they are at the beginning of this novel.

Anna Belfrage is an accomplished writer and has created some fantastic characters here, ones that you really do feel that she is emotionally attached to, especially the main character Alex. A passion for these people is in every line she writes. Alex is a time traveller and there is plenty of her modern persona left after being the seventeenth century to make her vivid. The people around her, her family and friends, are equally well drawn, and when one of them meets an unfortunate end there are stirrings of George R R Martin, that if that can happen, then no one is safe! A reference to Legolas made me laugh out loud at a joke that only Alex and the reader could possibly understand. Alex is forced to return to Scotland, the place she lived before she ended up in Maryland, and she resents the translation back to somewhere she no longer feel a connection with. Events in both Scotland and Maryland send them back to the other side of the Atlantic where the rest of the story plays out, with rounded human characters set against delightfully two dimensional evil.

There is plenty of real history here to fulfill the most ardent of historical fiction lovers, the period of the end of James II and the advent of William and Mary is not one I know at all well, but both sides of the argument were put forward with sympathies on both sides, and the situation was clearly portrayed and the reader left to make up their own mind as to which king would have been better for England. There is a decided switch in religions as well, the predominant, accepted Catholicism of the deposed James II gives way almost over-night to the Protestantism of William and Mary.

Ms Belfrage has woven a magical story and it is a pity that I have entered her realm at so late a stage. As a stand alone novel it is perfectly satisfactory, but I suspect that if one began at the very beginning this eighth novel will be a real treat!

Originally reviewed for the Historical Novel Society.


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